By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURTâ€”RIVERS State governmentÂ has pledged its supportÂ for ESI Early Child Education Programme, an initiative of wife of the governor, Mrs. Judith Amaechi.
Secretary toÂ the State Government, Mr. Magnus Abe, said this during an inspection tour of the new model nursery school at Eneka, built by the Empowerment Support Initiative (ESI), a non-governmental organisation founded by the governor’s wife.
He said the government was amazed and encouraged by the level of success recorded by the NGO in the campaign for mass literacy programme for children, especially the less-privileged in the society, describing the effort as a novelty which time had come.
Abe added that the early child literacy programme in the state was a corrective measure towards inculcating moral values early in the life of a child.
He expressed the governmentâ€™s optimism that the future of the children looked bright, adding that the initiative will contribute to and complement the efforts of theÂ governmentâ€™s human capital and educational advancement of the people.
Founder of ESI and wife of the governor, Dame Judith Amaechi, stated that no fewer thanÂ 400 pupils were enrolled at the new school.
Mrs. Amaechi reiterated her determination to build permanent sites for the nursery schools across the 23 local government areas of the state.